CAIRO: Turkish President Abdullah Gül sent a telegram to the Egyptian Embassy in Ankara Wednesday to congratulate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as Egypt’s new president, according to Youm7.
Gül said in his message he is confident the “historical relations of the peoples of Egypt and Turkey that stretch throughout long centuries would last throughout the times.”
Turkey’s Chargé D’Affaires in Cairo Alper Bosuter attended Sunday’s evening diplomat ceremony of Sisi’s inauguration and the presidents of states attended the morning celebrations.
Although Egypt did not invite Turkey, Qatar, or Israel to the morning ceremony, all diplomats on Egyptian territory were invited. Diplomats from the three countries were present during the evening ceremony.
Bosuter’s attendance and the telegram indicate Turkey’s recognition of Sisi as the new president of Egypt and Wafd and Nour Parties applauded the move in anticipation of improved relations.
However, Turkish officials told Turksih newspaper Today’s Zaman that Bosuter’s attendance was merely a “protocol duty.”
Professor of political science at Cairo University Gamal Zahran said the Bosuter’s attendance does not indicate a bid to change “hostile” policies towards Egypt on Turkey’s part.
” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rules Turkey and he adopts policies against Egypt and constantly attacks it,” Zahran told Youm7 Wednesday.
Egypt and Turkey withdrew their respective ambassadors in Nov. 2013 after their relations severely deteriorated following the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi.